24 was a television show that went for eight seasons over nine years (one year was missed due to the writer’s strike, if I’m not mistaken). It was an action packed show that dealt with a single day in the life of Jack Bauer, as each season only happened over one 24 hour time frame. The entire series tackled only eight days, but each day was potentially years apart.
As this show dealt with a lot of hard hitting action, there was always a chance that CPR might come up at one time or another. Did they manage to correctly display CPR for the world to see? Well, there were a lot of episodes that featured CPR, but the one scene that I’m going to talk about this time is from season seven, episode ten.
In the scene, FBI Agent Renee Walker (played by Annie Wersching) attempts CPR on someone who they just pulled out of a truck before it exploded. Her arms are bent, not locked, and the compressions are shallow, not deep. Nor do the compressions come anywhere close to the 100 per minute rate that is supposed to be done.
Back in season five of NBC’s The Office, they did an episode that featured a CPR class which was absolutely hilarious. The opening of the episode also showed the importance of having a fire escape plan that your employees know about, and that you’ve practiced it. I know that this isn’t a scene with CPR, but we covered it before, here: CPR on The Office (after the Super Bowl).
I hope that you enjoy this cautionary tale on having a plan of escape in case of a fire emergency.
There is a scene in Back to the Future: Part II that has always made me laugh. I posted on a few facebook pages, asking for favorite CPR scenes in movies or TV shows, and someone mentioned this movie. While not exactly a scene representing actual CPR in action, it is hilarious. I did some research into the history of CPR training, and found that the first demonstrations of cardiopulmonary resuscitation happened in 1954, and a doctor published a book called ABC of Resuscitation in 1957. However, it wasn’t until the 1970s that CPR was promoted for the public to learn in the United States. This means that the film is historically accurate with regard to the classic moment.
In our latest column about CPR in Entertainment, we’re going to take a look at a scene in Jurassic Park. In the scene, there is a 10,000 volt fence that young Timmy is on, when the fence is re-energized. He is shocked and flies off of the fence. Dr. Grant catches him and immediately begins CPR.
I did a little bit of research into this scene, as it always seemed weird to me that he flew off of the fence and that the shock didn’t kill him instantly. I chalked it up to just being a little bit of movie magic. However, I was surprised to learn there was a good explanation.
Mrs. Doubtfire is a movie from the early 1990s featuring Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard and Mrs. Doubtfire.
Like What about Bob?, the scene that I have selected isn’t technically CPR, it is the Heimlich Maneuver. This one is a big moment of revelation in the film, as it is the culmination of a very crazy dinner where the character of Daniel Hillard must dine with two different parties as two different personas. The Heimlich Maneuver comes into play as the character played by Pierce Brosnan has an allergic reaction to the meal he is eating and Mrs. Doubtfire springs into action.
What about Bob? is a movie from the early 1990s featuring Richard Dreyfuss as Dr. Leo Marvin and Bill Murray as Bob Wiley.
While the scene that I have selected isn’t technically CPR, it is the Heimlich Maneuver. A particularly painful Heimlich Maneuver. If you’ve never seen this classic film of modern cinema, here is a description of the film that will help to understand the relationship between the characters.
Lost is one of the most popular tv series of all time, so you might have seen this classic moment in the show that is a dichotomy of emotional baggage and rescue as Jack makes an attempt to rescue Charlie. Jack also has a big problem with being able to let go, making this scene both emotional and powerful.
When Jack and Kate find Charlie hanging in the jungle, they cut him down and Jack goes to work checking for a pulse and listening for breathing. When he doesn’t find either, he gives two rescue breaths and proceeds to compressions. And when continuous compressions and rescue breaths don’t appear to be working, Jack gets frustrated and doesn’t give up. He balls up his fist and begins really pounding Charlie’s chest.
CPR has been on screen countless times, but sometimes more memorable than others. One of the most memorable is the one in The Sandlot. Set in 1962, it is about a boy who is new to the neighborhood that makes friends with the kids at a local lot where they play baseball every day. It’s a modern classic, and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s a very fun movie that takes you back in time and is entertaining for the whole family.
The scene featuring CPR is one that has become classic, and is one that isn’t really a life and death situation. The boys go to a pool whenever it gets too hot for baseball, where there is also a lifeguard that they all go to see. This time, however, Squints can’t take it anymore, and decides to carry out a plan he’s had for years. He can’t swim, and they all know it. He heads for the deep-end and goes off the diving board. To the rescue is the lifeguard, Wendy, and the CPR starts.
We’re going to start a series of entries on CPR as it happens in movies and television shows. It happens pretty regularly, and not always correctly. In fact, it happens incorrectly more often than not.
We’re going to look at one scene per movie or television series for each entry. We’ll be looking at classic scenes from films like The Sandlot and television series such as Lost and Scrubs. If you have suggestions as to other movies and TV shows to look at for an entry, do let us know!
Let’s have fun with this series. We’ll try to get clips whenever it is possible, but if not, then we’ll grab some screen captures from the scenes.
After the Super Bowl, an episode of The Office aired, where they had CPR training for a scene. It was really incredible, and featured proper CPR instruction at times. The CPR class include using the BeeGee’s Stayin’ Alive to use the beat to match the proper rhythm of 100 beats per minute.
The episode was titled “Stress Relief” and you can watch the CPR portion here.